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From Middle High German -heit, from Old High German -heit, and ultimately from *haiduz (personality, character,manner, way).[1] Cognate with Dutch -heid, English -hood.

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  • IPA(key): /-ˌhaɪ̯t/, [ˌhaɪ̯t]


-heit f (plural -heiten)

  1. Converts an adjective into a noun and usually denotes an abstract quality of the adjectival root. It is often equivalent to the English suffixes -ty and -ness:
    schön (beautiful) → Schönheit (beauty)
    neu (new) → Neuheit (novelty)
  2. Converts concrete nouns into abstract nouns:
    Kind (child) → Kindheit (childhood)
    Christen (Christian) → Christenheit (Christendom)

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  1. ^ “-heit” in: Friedrich Kluge, “Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache” , 22. Auflage, 1989, bearbeitet von Elmar Seebold, ISBN 3-11-006800-1.

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